American science journalist and author. Skloot grew up in Portland, Oregon, and attended Portland Community College to become a veterinary technician; she then earned a B.S. in biology from Colorado State University and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Pittsburgh. Her more than 200 feature articles and essays have appeared in such publications as
Discover, O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Magazine, and Popular Science, where she is a contributing editor. Skloot's first book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2010), the story of a line of cells taken from an unwitting subject and used in cutting-edge biological research, is a case studyin social class, race relations, and modern science. A publishing phenomenon, the book took ten years to research and write, was a number-one New York Times best-seller, and has been translated into more than twenty-five languages. See also rebeccaskloot.com.